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Year in Review : The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Cricket in 2015

Year in Review : The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Cricket in 2015

Finally, the D/N sign will be seen next to matches. ©Getty Images

As another year comes to end, here is a look at the highlights of the best, worse and worst moments in cricket in the year 2015

The Good

The Minnows Ascend to the Top

It is always heartening to see the Davids outwit the Goliaths in any field not just sports. After an excruciating time in international cricket showing sparks of greatness here and there, 2015 was the Year of the Tiger with series wins over Pakistan and India apart from the World Cup Quarter Finish. For years, fans have seen Bangladesh win over Zimbabwe, Ireland and West Indies but somehow their flashes of potential have not resulted in the consistency that fans would like.

But 2015 was a different story. After beating Zimbabwe 5-0 at home, their World Cup Campaign began against Afghanistan (who had crushed them at Fatullah the previous year). Seeking to avenge the humiliating loss, Bangladesh not only beat Afghanistan comprehensively but also managed to beat England and entered the knockouts for the first time. While their World Cup Campaign ended on a sour note against India (remember the hue and cry over the waist above no-ball), Bangladesh bounced back and defeated arch rivals Pakistan at home, followed by crushing India and South Africa. After beating the three best teams all in one year, here’s hoping that 2016 sees Bangladesh establishes itself as a formidable opponent not just in ODIs and T20s but Tests as well !

Mustafizur Rahman: The symbol of Bangladesh's spectacular year. © AFP
Mustafizur Rahman: The symbol of Bangladesh’s spectacular year. © AFP
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